How to Slice Hasselback Potatoes | Accordion Fanned Potatoes

Presenting the humble potato in a most unique form. Not mashed, not fried. Nor grated, sliced, scalloped, jacketed, Julieened, Frenched or Air Fried. 

Presenting, instead, the effortlessly stylish, Swedish style, no hassle Hasselback Potato, cut into pretty little accordion-like, fanned potatoes.


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This delicious, easy roasty toasty has become my new favourite side dish to make while simulaneously making a roast. 

A whole, unskinned baby potato is thinly sliced, taking care not to cut all the way through. Then greased and seasoned liberally and roasted in the oven until cooked to perfection on the inside and crispy and golden brown scrumplitious on the outside.


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Oven roasted Hasselback potatoes with a crispy, golden brown skin.


I throw the Hasselback potatoes into the oven at the same time as my roast chicken or lamb. It can go in the same roasting pan as the meat or chicken. Or in a separate well greased baking tray or even jammed into a cast iron skillet.


How to Cut Hasselback Potatoes

When thinly slicing potatoes to make Hasselback potatoes, care should be taken not to slice all the way through. So how do you that easily? An easy way to cut Hasselback potoates is to just place the potato securely between two chopsticks and start slicing.The chopsticks will prevent the knife from sliding all the way to the bottom, leaving all the potato slices intact and attached at the bottom. Just like an accordion.

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Accordion sliced Hasseelback Potato: A potato fan of thinly sliced potato, not cut fully through.



And How To Cut Hasselback Potatoes Without Chopsticks

No chopsticks? No problem? I promised you a hassle free recipe, so I'm going to deliver it. Grab two wooden spoons (everyone has those in the kitchen) and lay them on either side of the potato lengthwise. Then start slicing. Very simple!


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To make Hasselback potato slices, lay the potato between the handles of two wood spoons and start slicing. The spoons will prevent the knife from cutting the potato all the way through.

Is there a Tool to Make Hasselback Potatoes?

Believe it or not, there is! For all you gadget loving folk out there, there actually is something called a 'Charcoal Companion Hasselback Potato Slicing Rack' to make an easy job even easier.



How to Serve Hasselback Potatoes

After the Hasselback Potatoes are baked, they can be stuffed or topped with additional flavorings, gravy or sauce for more flavour and richness. 

  • Ladling on gravy from roasts results in more flavorful potatoes. 
  • Or drizzle on a cheesy, white sauce and top it with bacon crumbles and green onions for a rich side dish.
  • Extra butter, cream cheese and chives makes for a baked potato alternative.
  • Top with an egg for a satisfying meal.
  • Sprinkle with lashings of grated cheese.
  • Smear with basil pesto for a fresh, refreshing flavour. 
  • And for die-hard potato fans who can't imagine potatoes without ketchup, then serve these Hasselback potatoes up with any kind of ketchup, even Sriracha.

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What to Serve with Hasselback Potatoes?

I love to serve Hasselback Potatoes along with my roasts- anything that I can bake in the oven at the same time I make the potatoes and that take roughly the same time to cook. 

Here are my favourite recipes that go best with Hasselback potatoes; Greek Style Roast Lamb, Anglo Indian Roast Chicken and Tandoori Spatchcocked Cornish Hens.


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Hasselback potoates with my boneless leg of roast lamb. Click here for the recipe.



 Recipe : Swedish Hasselback Potatoes


Baby Potatoes 
Cooking oil
Chopped Spring onions or chives or other topping of your choice (gravy, sauce, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits etc.)

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Place Potato Between 2 Wooden Spoons

Place an unskinned, baby potato on a cutting board in between the handles of 2 wooden spoons or chopsticks. This will stop the knife from slicing all the way through.

2. Thinly Slice Potato

Use a sharp knife to slice the potato thinly to create an accordion-like potato. This method of cutting potatoes is called Hasselbacking.

3. Oil and Season

Hasselback all the remaining potatoes. Toss liberally with cooking oil, salt and pepper. Be sure to pour oil between between the slices. 

4. Bake 

Place on a baking tray, in a cast iron skillet. Or if cooking along with a roast, place in the same roasting tray to bake simultaneously with the meat.

Bake uncovered until potatoes are done. Toss potatoes half way through.

  • If baking alongside a roast, potatoes can be ready between 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 based on the oven temperature followed for the roast.
  • If roasting the potatoes separately, bake at 450°F for 50-60 minutes.

Serve with toppings for your choice.


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